Svayambhulinga, Svayambhūliṅga, Svayambhu-linga: 3 definitions


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Svayambhulinga in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Svayambhūliṅga (स्वयम्भूलिङ्ग) refers to a type of liṅga (phallic emblem of Śiva), as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 1.18. Accordingly, “[...] when he is gladdened by the austerities of Devas and Sages, Śiva in the form of Nāda assumes the form of a seed (bīja) under the ground and suddenly piercing the ground above like a germinating sprout manifests Himself outside and makes His presence felt. Since this emblem is self-raised it is called Svayambhū. By worshipping it the devotee gains increasing knowledge automatically. In a gold or silver plate or on the ground or an altar, the devotee draws the picture of the phallic emblem, the pure Praṇava mantra and shall invoke it with the rites of Pratiṣṭhā and Āvāhana”.

According to chapter 16: “the syllable Om (a + u + m) is dhvani-liṅga. The svayambhū-liṅga is Nāda-liṅga; the Yantra (diagrammatic contrivance) is binduliṅga. “M” syllable is the installed pratiṣṭhita-liṅga. “U” syllable is mobile cara-liṅga and the “A” syllable is a liṅga of huge form guruvigraha. A person who worships the liṅgas perpetually becomes liberated soul undoubtedly”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Svayambhulinga in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Svayambhūliṅga (स्वयम्भूलिङ्ग):—[=svayam-bhū-liṅga] [from svayam-bhū > svayam > sva] n. Name of a Liṅga (= jyotir-l), [Catalogue(s)]

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Svayambhulinga in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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